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Arts and leisure - Dance

Workshop The reliable pelvis

Saturday 13 April from 10:00-13:30 h (start at an other date than originally planned)

Natalie Heller

For whom
No previous dance experience required. Curiosity about the body is an advantage.

Have you ever wondered if all the problems to your back pain lie in how your pelvis is supporting you? This beautiful structure is made up of 3 bones: the 2 iliac bones and the sacrum. The sacrum is the base of your spine and the iliac bones connect to your legs. The pelvis is the  bridge between upper and lower body. These bones can be twisted, lifted, dropped on one side or on both causing an imbalance in how your body is supported. 
In this workshop we will focus on 2 things: understanding the anatomy of the pelvis, and learning to become aware of how you (individually) are using your pelvis and what you can do to help your pelvis support you.

You can expect: 
- To learn about the anatomy of the pelvic girdle, the changes in
   the aging pelvis, the relation between the pelvis and the upper
   and lower body parts.
- To practice palpating your own pelvis to sense where and how
   your bones lie
- An introduction to the biodynamics of the pelvis 
- To release tension around the pelvic area through subtle and
   gentle movements
- Hands-on partner work to help you deepen your experience of
   the location and movement of your pelvic girdle. 
- Exploring this new information through movement
- To experience as sense of freedom in the pelvic area

NB: The pelvic area can hold psyschosomatic stress. If you feel like this is the case for you and are interested in this workshop, please get in touch with Natalie Heller first.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.

More about Natalie: www.natalieheller.com and www.practicingsomatics.com

Please contact info@lakcursussen.nl if you have troubles registering for the courses. You can also give us a call at 071 527 2317 | 527 2314

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Register on time! A workshop can only start with enough participants (this will be decided a week before the start).

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